Wednesday, November 16, 2016

beltane samhain

Another Sunlight Shawl for Sad People, knitted with Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton & Silk Hand Paint yarn. Nice and light, a joy to knit and the variegated colours keep it interesting for repetitive knit/purl patterns that seem to go on in to infinity. I've titled it 'Neptune Unicorn Shawl' and gifted it to my unicorn loving friend Carmen.

We intended on making a Maypole for Spring celebrations using a big tree branch however the fierce winds kept us huddled inside. I want to convey to the children our Southern Hemisphere Beltane - the peak of Spring, fertility and honouring the difference in masculinity and femininity. But really I just want them to have fun under the maypole singing and dancing and laughing. Instead I made a miniature Maypole for our seasonal table. I was just as enamoured as the children were with the end result. How whimsical!

Apparently the veils between the two worlds are thin so we made strawberry muffins for the Fairies.

At the same time we're at the peak of Spring, our Northern Hemisphere friends celebrate Samhain. Oddly, this is when our supermarkets fill with cheap plastic Halloween paraphernalia that has no relevance to our actual season in Australia. Everywhere you see signs of life on our farms and in our yards at this time of year yet we celebrate Easter and the Easter bunny in Autumn when we are preparing for the cold and darkness of winter. It kind of drives me bananas because we try to live by the seasons truthfully however my eldest showed interest in the carving pumpkins at the supermarket (high food miles, eek!) and I always make an effort to follow through with his interest. The truth is I wanted to carve a jack-o-lantern because it looks like a lot of fun - and it was! Ridiculously you can't get carving pumpkins here in our pumpkin growing season. Crazy, I know. We'll have to grow our own as we'd love to keep this up in our Autumn. After I explained this topsy-turvy celebration to my eldest he suggested we should carve watermelons next year. Love it! We do like to celebrate all the seasons and join in with our "neighbours".

The children were drawn to the lit Jack O'lantern and were so still and quiet. The opposite of our usual bed time routine. I think a candle and song may accompany our night time rhythm from now on.

A book week outfit sewed for the little one based on the book Chengdu, for a parade at the local homeschooling gathering. I made the pj's by simply tracing an existing pair and the free mask pattern is from here.

A felted fox pattern for my eldest who had an RSPCA charity day for animals at his school. Although at school pick up you might of been mistaken that it was national 'Onesies Dress Up Day'. When the final bell rang it seemed like hundreds of kids spilled out of the school dressed in onesies just like at a rave party!

He choose the pattern and bright orange fabric. I was trying to veer him towards an endangered species as I don't think people care much for foxes in this region due to our vulnerable native animals in the National Kosciuszko Park and the loss of sheep on the Monaro farms. But he was determined and don't all our animals deserve protection? And no wonder, I've nurtured his love of animals since he was three and hope one day he'll be a regional vet.

Joining in with Keep Calm Craft On. and Yarn Along.

I've been battling another health issue, this time with my neck and arms. The results came back that I am not neuro compromised and what a relief however this never ending year of quite dramatic health issues is dragging on. This is always an uplifting space to see the positive accomplishments of myself and others. Although I have not been keeping up here I have been checking in on you all.

Zena xx